I've been an avid cyclist since I was in my late teens, and I build my first serious road bike in my early 20's. Some time in the 90's, I tried mountain biking, and found that I enjoy it quite a bit. For me, it's a good way to cross-train that improves bike handling, gets different muscle groups into the action, and basically breaks the monotony that constant road riding can sometimes bring.
If you live in the DC metro area, be sure to check out my weekend loop, now available in both 60 and 45 mile versions.
Below you'll find a list of my current bikes (not counting Jessica's), and how I've built them up. You'll also find some links that I think are helpful.
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|Frame:||Easton Aluminum, 7005|
|Fork:||Manitou Black Super Air, 100mm travel|
|Rear Shock:||Rockshox Monarch RT3 Air|
|Headset:||Dia Compe Aheadset|
|Handebars:||Forté Team 720 Flat|
|Saddle:||Selle Italia Flite, black|
|Brakes:||Hayes Nine Hydralic disc|
|Shifters:||Shimano XT Rapidfire, 8-sp|
|Front Derailleur:||Shimano XT|
|Rear Derailleur:||Shimano XTR|
|Crankset:||Race Face Evolve XC, 175mm|
|Bottom Bracket:||Race Face Evolve X-type|
|Cassette:||Shimano XT, 11-34 8-sp|
|Wheelset:||Shimano XT, Mavic rims|